EU law affects almost all legislation in Denmark - from start-up options and company formation, tax matters, competition rules and regulatory affairs to enforcement of companies' intellectual property rights.
Horten's EU law expertise is therefore an integrated part of all legal advice and sparring. We have wide international experience and advise Danish and foreign companies on issues regulated by EU law or affecting other forms of international legal affairs.
We have many years' experience understanding, construing and communicating the special rules and rights laid down by the EU treaties. Our expertise embraces all questions and problems in relation to fundamental principles of EU law, including the free movement of goods, services and capital and freedom of establishment.
We also have experience with the application of the human rights laid down by e.g. the European Convention on Human Rights and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
Our clients include Danish and foreign companies working across the European borders with the consequent challenges and possibilities.
They are easy to reach, constructive and good at putting themselves in the client's position. They are very solution-oriented, they can adapt and are good at communicating.
Chambers Europe, 2017
They are responsive, available, helpful, very hands-on and specific..
European Community Law of Competition
Horten recognised as leading law firm by Legal 500
13 April 2018
Horten is recognised as leading law firm within a wide range of legal disciplines. At the same time, 26 partners are nominated as being among the best legal advisers in Denmark.
Pregnant woman did not have a preferential right or a claim for relocation
28 March 2018
The European Court of Justice (the ECJ) has ruled that a pregnant woman who was dismissed in connection with mass redundancies did not have a preferential right to stay employed with the company or to be relocated under EU law.
Fines to cartels within the car industry turn focus on applications for relief of fines
16 March 2018
In three separate decisions, The European Commission has imposed fines of more than EUR 540 million on a number of players within the car industry. At the same time, three cartel members obtained relief of fines due to their roles in relation to exposing the cartels.
New rankings from Chambers
13 March 2018
Chambers, the leading international guide to the best law firms, ranks Horten as one of the best in the country yet again.
On-call duty at home may be working time
26 February 2018
New ECJ verdict: Time where the employee must be available to the employer without being physically present at the work place can be considered working time.
Merger control: When to notify mergers and acquisition to national competition authorities
15 February 2018
In mergers and acquisitions, it is always relevant to consider, if the transaction is subject to merger control – on either a national or an EU level. Horten's Merger Control Poster gives an overview of the turnover thresholds for merger control in Europe.
100 days until the data protection regulation comes into force – are you ready?
14 February 2018
The data protection regulation will come into force in Denmark in 100 days from now. We will sum up what you need to have in place before 25 May 2018.
Price increases in the pharma sector may be considered abuse of a dominant position
13 February 2018
The Danish Competition Council ruled that CD Pharma had abused its dominant position by increasing the price on the medicinal product Syntocinon by 2,000 % in 2014.
Unique cooperation between Horten and Symbion
5 February 2018
Horten has entered into unique cooperation with Symbion and Accelerace where we will make a team of lawyers available for start-up businesses at the shared office facilities Horten CoLab.
New Managing Partner at Horten
2 January 2018
Finn Schwarz, Attorney and Partner, has been appointed Managing Partner of Horten Law Firm as of 1 January 2018.
A binding commitment from the European Commission will not prevent decisions from national courts
19 December 2017
The European Court of Justice ruled that the European Commission’s decisions on binding commitments does not prevent opposing decisions from national courts.
Judgment in the Coty case: Prohibition against use of third party's online platform was not unlawful
12 December 2017
On 6 December 2017, the European Court of Justice ruled that cosmetics manufacturer Coty's prohibition against internet sale via third parties was not unlawful.
Eastern High Court upholds the Metro judgment for violation of the Competition Act
23 November 2017
Metro is sentenced to pay a fine of DKK 50,000 for violation of the Competition Act by withholding information in a merger. Eastern High Court upheld the district court's ruling.
The European Court of Justice: TV2 has received illegal state aid
14 November 2017
The ECJ has ruled that the advertising revenue that TV2 received from 1995-1996 from the TV2 Foundation was illegal state aid.
The European Court of Justice: Redundancies - when?
9 October 2017
In two recent cases, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that an employer should have consulted the employees’ organisations before giving notice of changes that resulted in collective redundancies.
The European Court of Justice: Public servant was entitled to be reinstated in trial position
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has assessed that a public servant employed in a trial position as head of department should have been offered the same or a similar position when returning from parental leave, even though the probationary period had expired.
Exclusivity discounts: the Intel case, including record-high fine is remitted
20 September 2017
The European Court of Justice ruled that a dominant company's use of excklusivity discounts does not always constitue abuse of the company's dominant position.
Compliance: E-leaning in competition law
Horten now offers e-learning in competition law tailored to each company.
New judgment from the European Court of Human Rights concerning companies’ monitoring of private communication
19 September 2017
The European Court of Human Rights recently ruled that employers must inform employees of the possibility of monitoring and to which extent.
European ip rights in Great Britain after Brexit
Great Britain's exit from the EU will create uncertainty for both British and EU27 companies in relation to the extent and protection of intellectual property rights in Great Britain. It is therefore of great interest and importance to clarify the consequences of Great Britain’s exit and how to handle them.
Google - an overview of the summer’s EU case against the internet giant
27 July 2017
In June 2017, the European Commission ruled in the first of three pending cases against Google and ordered Google to pay a record-high fine of EUR 2.42 billion for abuse of its dominant position. According to the European Commission, Google favoured Google Shopping in its search engine.
Still waiting for a European Patent Court
20 June 2017
The agreement concerning the European Patent Court is once again delayed. The agreement concerning the establishment of a so-called unitary patent and a joint patent court was planned to come into force in December 2017, but this will presumably not be the case.
White Paper concerning the data protection regulation has arrived
29 May 2017
The Ministry of Justice has now published the long awaited White Paper concerning the data protection regulation and the legal framework for Danish legislation in this respect.
10 May 2017
In mergers and acquisitions, it is always relevant to consider, if the transaction is subject to merger control – on either a national or an EU level. Transactions that are subject to merger control must be notified and approved, before they are implemented.
Horten advances in new Chambers and Legal 500 rankings
19 April 2017
In 2017, the leading international ranking agencies, Legal 500 and Chambers, are once again ranking Horten among the best law firms in Denmark.
Conditional approval of Maersk Line's purchase of German container shipping company
12 April 2017
The European Commission has approved Maersk Line's takeover of the German container shipping company Hamburg Südamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft KG (HSDG).
Extensive commitment protects innovation in connection with approved DOW/DUPONT merger
30 March 2017
The European Commission has approved the merger between DOW and DuPont after long-term commitment negotiations. The approval is conditional on DuPont selling many of its pesticide companies and its global R&D.
The European Commission: Aid to construction of Kriegers Flak is legal
The Commission has approved the Danish state aid to the offshore wind turbine project Kriegers Flak as the project will contribute to an increased use of renewable energy in Denmark.
SAS is once again to pay major fine for participating in the Air Cargo cartel
20 March 2017
SAS and a number of other airlines have once again been fined by the European Commission for their participation in the Air Cargo cartel. In 2015, the European General Court annulled the Commission's decision due to a procedural error. The Commission has now remedied the error and changed its decision.
Are you allowed as a governm¬ent official to say that the municipal chief executive's "core competence may not be the truth"?
30 January 2017
According to the Ombudsman, it was in accordance with the rules of government employees' freedom of speech when a municipal employee was given a warning for writing on his Facebook profile that the municipal chief executive was "a person whose core competence may not be the truth".
Global Leaders in Law appoints Horten as exclusive partner for Denmark
10 January 2017
Global Leaders in Law, the leading global general counsel forum based in London, and Horten has announced partnership. Appointed as a global bronze partner, Horten will sponsor the activities of Global Leaders in Law in 2017.
Competition law - Adoption of new rules on claims for damages
1 December 2016
The directive concerning damages to customers (and others) suffering a loss due to violation of the competition rules came into force in December 2014 (Directive 2014/104/EU). The directive is now being implemented into Danish law.
The ombudsman: Dismissal of upper secondary school teacher was contrary to government employees' freedom of speech
5 September 2016
The ombudsman found that it was "strongly criticisable" that Campus Bornholm had dismissed a teacher for having criticised the employer.
Practical advice concerning the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD)
28 April 2016
After the coming into force of the Procurement Act, the ESPD has given rise to special challenges both for the applicants/tenderers and the contracting entities.
Dispute concerning cost-free loan guarantees to two district heating companies may be brought before the Supreme Court
23 February 2016
State subsidies: A dispute concerning cost-free loan guarantees to two district heating companies may be brought before the Supreme Court, but the municipal initiatives should continue.
Tax and state aid: where are we going?
10 February 2016
Since 2013, the Commission has investigated the member states' tax rulings to establish whether the state aid rules are violated through selective tax advantages.
Political agreement on new EU-US privacy shield agreement
4 February 2016
A new political agreement between the European Court of Justice and the US is finalized, after the European Court of Justice set aside the the Safe Harbor scheme last year.
Loan guarantees to two district heating companies were illegal and thereby invalid
26 January 2016
This was established on 25 January 2016 when the Western High Court ruled on a dispute between the Municipality of Sønderborg and two local district heating companies. The ruling means that the municipality is obligated to charge a guarantee commission which constitutes more than DKK 70 million in the guarantee period.
Three new partners at Horten
4 January 2016
The personal data regulation New agreement concerning protection of personal data
23 June 2015
Horten focuses on the paradigm shift for industrial cooperation and off-set
12 June 2014
New ratings from legal 500
13 May 2014
Attorney from Horten elected among Talent 100
25 April 2014
XXVI FIDE CONGRESS 28-31 MAY 2014 in Copenhagen
12 March 2014
Horten assists Eimskip in due diligence examinations in connection with a stock exchange listing
7 November 2012
Horten advises on merger creating the largest water group in Denmark
10 July 2012
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